If your high school is in the U.S., has a minimum of 40 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced lunches, and has at least five senior classes, you could be eligible to apply for the annual College Board Gaston Caperton Inspiration Award. This is no small prize—three winning schools will each receive $25,000, and an additional five could walk away with $1,000 honorable mention awards.
Award-winning schools are recognized for their outstanding college-prep programs and partnerships among teachers, parents, and community organizations. The award was created by College Board President Gaston Caperton in 2001. To date, the program has awarded approximately $950,000 to high schools throughout the country. In May 2012, the Gaston Caperton Inspiration Award–winning schools were Johnny G. Economedes High School in Edinburg, TX; Fort Lauderdale High School, Fort in Lauderdale, FL; and Woodbury Junior/Senior High School in Woodbury, NJ. The deadline for applying is November 30, so download and complete the application now.
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